Goldie Ground Cherry Seeds

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This heirloom was introduced in the 1920s by the Walter Schell seed company of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. One of the most productive and adaptable varieties, Goldie is a great conversation piece in the garden or at the market and a favourite with the children. This prolific late cropping variety will produce an abundance of apricot-coloured fruits that grow to ½-3/4 inch inside papery husk under a low-spreading canopy. The taste of Goldie groundcherry is sweet and tropical and they are great in pies, jams, dried like raisins, fresh straight from the garden and they also make an unique tasty salsa.


- Latin Name: Physalis pruinosa
- Days to Maturity: 75
- Life Cycle: Annual
- Start Indoors or Cold Frame: 6-8 weeks before transplanting
- Direct Sowing: After last spring frost
- Planting Depth: 0.5 cm
- Days to Germination: 7-14
- Optimal Soil Temperature During Germination: 25-30°C
- Seed Spacing: 2-3 seeds every 45-60 cm
- Thinning Seedlings: 45-60 cm
- Row Spacing: 120-150 cm
- Plant Height: 30-60 cm
- Average Seeds Needed Per 10 m Row: 25-40
- Average Yield Per 10 m Row: 15 lb.

GROWING INSTRUCTIONS

Ground Cherries are a prolific and unique relative of tomatoes and tomatillos. Packaged in a paper-like husk, these little fruits pack a burst of flavour.

Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in a flat or small pot. Plant densely to compensate for a low germination rate. Like peppers and tomatoes, ground cherries thrive in the heat. Soil should ideally be kept at 25-30°C during germination. Moisture and light are also important early on to establish vigorous plants. Seeds should germinate in 1-2 weeks.

Harden off plants by slowly exposing to direct sun and cool temperatures. Transplant outside a couple weeks after danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up. Give ground cherries plenty of space, about 60-90 cm between plants. This will give them the chance to bush and sprawl out. When transplanting, deposit seedlings as deeply as possible. They will sprout roots all along their stalk to become dense, secure and shrubby.

A location with full sun and fertile, well-drained soil is optimal. Ground cherries should be well watered. Otherwise, they will drop their flowers rather than setting fruit. Spreading mulch will enhance these properties and benefit production. Keep separate from other night shades to aid pest control.

When ripening, fruit will turn from green to gold and eventually drop off the plant. These ripened, fallen sweet treats must be hunted for and gathered from the ground, hence their common name. Ground cherries keep better than most fruits and are as versatile as any. With husks, store them in a mesh bag in a cool dark place. They should last a month or more this way. To speak of their utility, they’re delicious raw, and can be made into jams, salsas, sauces, even pies. Of course, this small fruit scatters and inevitably self seeds. Be sure to keep an eye out for volunteers next year!

QUICK FACTS

- Ground cherries are originally from Brazil and were first imported to England during the 1600s. By the 100s, they were widely cultivated mostly in South Africa where they are called Gooseberry. The fruit found its way to Australia, where it quickly spread wildly. In the early 1800s, the ground cherry was introduced to Hawaii and over the following century, its popularity grew across the continental US.

- Physalis pruinosa is from the same family as tomatoes and tomatillos and has about the same growing requirements.

- Ground cherries can produce up to 300 fruits per plant and bear non-stop until frost.

- Ground cherry seeds will remain viable for four years if stored in a cool, dark place, ideally between 4 and 10⁰C. After that, the germination rate may start to go down. 

OUR SEED GUARANTEE

You know that a lush, fruitful garden needs good soil, frequent watering, and sunlight to grow, but it’s the seeds that really make the harvest.

Picked and bagged for 2023 the vast majority of our seeds have germination rates of over 85%. The seeds are all-natural, non-GMO, non-hybrid, untreated, and open-pollinated for seed saving.

We have put a lot of thoughts into the design and packaging of our seed packets. Our seeds are all carefully packed in food grade kraft paper/aluminium zipper lock bags, and then are shipped in eco-friendly padded mailers.

We heat-seal each of our seed packet for even more protection from moisture, odour and light, allowing you to store your seeds for up to 3x longer than paper or plastic. Plant them all, germinate some indoors, save some for next season - it’s up to you!

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07/03/2022
Isabelle L.

Reçu rapidement, vient dans un sachet illu...

Reçu rapidement, vient dans un sachet illustré. Semences de qualité puisque je les ai semé et ils ont germé.